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New Title - Religion and Ecological Sustainability in China

This book sheds light on the social imagination of nature and environment in contemporary China. It demonstrates how the urgent debate on how to create an ecologically sustainable future for the world’s most populous country is shaped by its complex engagement with religious traditions, competing visions of modernity and globalization, and by engagement with minority nationalities who live in areas of outstanding natural beauty on China’s physical and social margins.
 

“Many of the very best scholars from China and the West working in anthropology, history, philosophy, religion, and sociology are featured in this book,” says one of the book's editors, James Miller.

"Put together, the essays in this work makes a vital argument about how we should understand Chinese thinking about sustainability today. They demonstrate that thinking about the place of human beings in the world is deeply informed by cultural values. When we frame ecological sustainability as chiefly a technical or scientific problem, we overlook the way that people’s basic values and attitudes towards nature are the product of millennia of cultural habits and narratives. Sustainability can never be achieved without critically understanding and constructively engaging the way those cultural habits function in modernity."

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Table of Contents

Introduction Dan Smyer Yu, James Miller and Peter van der Veer Part 1: Ecology and the Classics 1. Ecology and the Classics Mary Evelyn Tucker and John Grim 2. Conceptualization of Earth and Land in Classical Chinese Texts Deborah Sommer 3. "The Great Virtue of Heaven and Earth:" Deep Ecology in the Yijing Joseph A. Adler 4. "Hard-Hearted" and "Soft-Hearted" Ecologies: A Rereading of Daoist and Confucian Classics Chen Xia, Peng Guoxiang and James Miller 5. Gods and Nature in Highest Clarity Daoism James Miller 6. When the Land is Excellent: Village Feng Shui Forests and the Nature of Lineage, Polity, and Vitality in Southern China Chris Coggins Part 2: Imagining Nature in Modernity 7. Finding Nature in Religion, Hunting Religion from the Environment Rebecca Nedostup 8. Globalizations and Diversities of Nature in China Robert P. Weller 9. Is Chinese Popular Religion Compatible with Ecology? A Discussion of Fengshui Ole Bruun 10. Ecological Migration and Cultural Adaptation: A Case Study of the Sanjiangyuan Nature Reserve, Qinghai Province Qi Jinyu 11. Reverse Environmentalism: Contemporary Articulations of Tibetan Culture, Buddhism, and Environmental Protection Emily T. Yeh 12. Earthwork, Home-Making, and Eco-Aesthetics among Amdo Tibetans Dan Smyer Yu